For the second time in this series against Colorado, the back of the Diamondbacks bullpen was unable to keep the game tied. Taijuan Walker had wobbled his way through six innings, with flaky control: he walked five and allowed four hits, but struck out six and limited the damage to two runs. Those were balanced by the offense who got the inevitable home-run from J.D. Martinez, who literally hit one off the Jumbotron, and a sacrifice fly by Jake Lamb.
The 7th inning was the problematic one, and David Hernandez was the goat tonight. He allowed a single against the LeMahieu Shift, but was left in by Torey Lovullo to face left-handed slugger Carlos Gonzalez, who had driven in both Rockies’ runs to that point, with a two-run homer. Another two-run shot followed, and the Arizona offense couldn’t do anything. Overall on the night, they went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position, so this loss is at least as much on them. David Peralta had two hits, and Martinez a ninth-inning double in addition to his homer.
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